After the St. Louis Blues took a 4-1 lead in the second period, the Los Angeles Kings felt their former playoff opponents letting up slightly, sitting back on defense and protecting their advantage.
That's all the opening Los Angeles needed to launch a stunning comeback.
Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 13:51 to play, and the defending Stanley Cup champions roared back from a three-goal deficit for their seventh win in eight games, 6-4 Tuesday night.
Jake Muzzin tied it early in the third period with his second goal for the Kings, who have won six straight home games while surging up the Western Conference standings after a slow start to the season. Their highest-scoring performance of the season was a testament to Los Angeles' playoff-tested toughness - and perhaps an indictment of struggling St. Louis' tenacity.
''They started to back off,'' said Anze Kopitar, who added a goal with 5:09 to play. ''It's only natural with a three-goal lead, but we started to sense th...